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How to Make a Dog House Out of a 55 Gallon Drum

Updated April 17, 2017

Dog houses can be made from many different materials and some can be more expensive than others. If you are looking for a durable and affordable doghouse that is still safe for your furry friend you can create a home from a 55 gallon drum. These drums can be made from plastic or metal.

Clean your 55 gallon drum. You don't need to do anything major --- just spraying the dirt off with a water hose will suffice. Let the drum dry.

Cut the end off of the barrel. This will be the opening for your dog to climb in and out of. Some plastic 55 gallon drums come with removable lids --- just remove the lid from the drum to create an opening.

Sand any rough edges around the edge of the barrel with heavy-duty sandpaper or a file.

Drill several small holes into the barrel, especially in the front where water is prone to get in, for drainage holes. This will keep any water and moisture out that may get into the barrel.

Place the barrel doghouse on bricks to keep rain water from seeping in through the holes on the bottom.

Place pine straw or warm blankets into the barrel to make it more comfortable for your dog. If your dog stays outside, even in the winter, a heat lamp will also keep your dog warm.

Things You'll Need

  • 55 gallon drum
  • Saw
  • Sand paper
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Bricks
  • Pine straw
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